40-man roster move mechanics

Pretty soon, the Reds will have their 25-man roster set and it seems to be close to be done. One of the thing holding up the transactions are corresponding moves to take people off of the 40-man roster.

At the moment — it would seem that non-roster players Jason Marquis, Kevin Gregg, Chris Dominguez, Brennan Boesch and perhaps, Michael Lorenzen need to be added. That means five have to go.

Players on the 60-day disabled list don’t count towards the 40-man roster. Sean Marshall and Jason Bourgeois will likely be put there. That leaves three more moves.

“We’re closing in on that, absolutely,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re up against — for some of them — some deadlines. I’m guessing in the next short while we will have sat down with the guys who are on the club and let them know.

“To add guys, you also have to make corresponding moves to add those guys to the roster. That’s probably one of the reasons why we’re not a little more forthcoming in all the roster moves.

“It’s always tough for multiple reasons. First, because of the potential of losing a player that you like. Certainly we like them if they’re on our 40-man roster. No. 2, you hate to send that type of message to a player that’s been in the system for a while and has been a good representative of the Reds. It’s always hard. You always want hard work and professionalism rewarded. However, there’s also a portion of this that is performance-related. You can be a great guy and a great worker, but if you don’t perform to a certain level you become vulnerable at this time of year.”


Cincinnati Reds Jose Mijares
Suspension Announced By League, (50 games for violating MLB drug program)

From Mark’s write on MLB.com…
One R GMs
2014 – 22-38 (most losses by Reds since 1946)
2013 – 27-22
2012 – 31-21
BP after All-Star break
…these two stats basically tell the whole story of last season
and must be reversed. Cannot believe they won’t be based on
what I have seen thus far in ST.

2015 Preview: Cincinnati Reds
Drew Silva Mar 31, 2015, 11:02 PM EDT
Hardball Talk

Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2015 season. Next up: The Cincinnati Reds.

The Big Question: Is the fun over in Cincy?

The Reds won a 36-year-high 97 games in 2012 and they finished with 90 wins in 2013, but a combination of key injuries and poor individual performances led the club to a disappointing 76-86 record and fourth-place finish in the National League Central in 2014.

And there isn’t a ton of reason for optimism in 2015.

Joey Votto is fully recovered from his distal quad strain, Jay Bruce is capable of a bounceback, and young speedster Billy Hamilton should take a step forward offensively after batting just .250/.292/.355 in 611 plate appearances as a rookie, but the Reds don’t appear to have the kind of well-rounded major league roster that will allow them to seriously compete in a division that suddenly looks like the deepest in all of baseball.

The rotation is in pretty rough waters, for the upcoming season and especially long term. Homer Bailey had an underwhelming 3.71 ERA (97 ERA+) over 145 2/3 innings last year — the first year of a six-year, $105 million contract — and he will open the 2015 campaign on a minor league rehab assignment following September surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Taking his place will be 36-year-old righty Jason Marquis, who didn’t make an appearance at the major league level in 2014. Mat Latos was shipped off to the Marlins in December because he had one year left on his contract and the Reds knew they weren’t going to be able to lock him up to a long-term deal. Extension talks don’t seem to be trending in a positive direction with Johnny Cueto, who is among the best starters in baseball but could very well be leaving Cincinnati for good next offseason. Tony Cingrani was shifted to the bullpen in a curious spring training decision so that Raisel Iglesias — an unproven Cuban right-hander — can slide into the starting corps. Iglesias pitched almost exclusively in relief in Serie Nacional. He gave up six runs to the Brewers in his latest Cactus League start.

Mike Leake is solid, and Anthony DeSclafani — part of the return package for Latos — carries some upside at age 24. But there are a whole lot of question marks surrounding this group and that’s an ominous situation for a team that plays 81 games per year in one of the least pitcher-friendly stadiums in Major League Baseball.

Cincinnati’s bullpen doesn’t offer anything inspiring beyond its flame-throwing closer and 22-year-old top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson probably won’t be ready for his MLB debut until the second half. Maybe the Reds can slug their way into contention, but here’s guessing that won’t work in the NL Central in 2015.

What else is going on?

The lineup does have a nice mix of dynamic offensive contributors. Todd Frazier finished in a tie with Josh Donaldson for the most home runs by a third baseman (29) last season and he led all major league third basemen in stolen bases with 20. Young catcher Devin Mesoraco was one of Major League Baseball’s breakout stars in 2014, producing an .893 OPS (149 OPS+) with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 114 games. Offseason addition Marlon Byrd collected 25 home runs and 85 RBI in 154 games with the Phillies last summer. Votto, Bruce, and Hamilton — as mentioned above — should all be very good.
Aroldis Chapman has been a steal so far for Cincinnati, boasting a 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 430 strikeouts in 252 2/3 innings over the first five years of the six-year, $30 million deal that he signed after defecting from his native Cuba in 2010. But he opted into arbitration this winter and settled with the Reds at $8.05 million. He gets one more year of arbitration in 2016 and can then become a free agent. Will the Reds consider trading him after they get done hosting the 2015 All-Star Game festivities?
Brandon Phillips has registered a weak .714 OPS (95 OPS+) in 419 games since signing a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension with the Reds at the beginning of the 2012 season. He was praised for his clutch hitting ability after tallying 103 RBI in 2013, but analytical baseball people knew that lofty total was more the product of Votto and former Reds leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo. Phillips finished with just 51 RBI in 2014 and he slugged just eight home runs — an 11-year low. Yet the veteran second baseman is still being penciled in as the Reds’ No. 3 hitter behind Hamilton and Votto by manager Bryan Price.
Prediction: A potent offense but messy pitching leaves the Reds with 81 wins and a last-place finish in a loaded National League Central. Go ahead and pencil them in for a last-place finish in 2016 as well.

Can anyone tell me if any team has finished .500 for the season and ended up in last place in their division, which is what this article is predicting.

Man those comments from Price make me very nervous for Lecure…..

After reading this article, one name, (unfortunately) comes to mind: Donald Lutz.

Since Sean Marshall on DL to start the season,why in the world release Paul Malhom? Why Reds signed Homer Bailey to a long term contract is really odd. A very inconsistent thrower (not pitcher, even though has 2 no hitters). Got to be better out there for the money REDS GAVE him! But that’s the Reds. Still need more hitting and yet keeping Cozart who can’t hit at SS, why? Plus the pitching looks awful on paper. No way this team can compete with what they have now to put on field The GM should, and could have done a much better job if he really tried. Oh well a sad/bad

Too soon for sad / bad. And predictions are just guesses, no matter how well informed. Reds are tied for 1st, at this point. Anyone want to get together at a local watering hole to watch Wednesday’s ‘Opening Night’ game? I t would be fun to meet you guys.

I agree . I’m not a big fan of Reds’ management but I’m willing to give it time . If most things go favorable , it’ll be fun. Besides , I am not a fan of EXPERTS . What makes people experts anyway . There are too many variables .

ok I like Gregg and Marquis but are they worth loosing a young prospect? I mean come on. Do we really think these two are going to last or give any kind of pitching for the season or future? This feels like about 10 yrs ago when we just grabbed who ever we could off the shop heap and tried to get more than they could offer. I just want to see what these kids can do and not be afraid to pitch them. How can we move on from Cueto which I think is a mistake if we dont see what we have with this youth. We have one pitcher signed for next year, maybe a good time…

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